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[BD Review] 'The Amityville Asylum' - Kill Them All

This review is based on a true story.

You probably wont believe what just happened to me. It was just after 3:15 a.m. when I’d been awakened by… something, just hours after watching The Amityville Asylum and heading to bed. I could have sworn it was a voice, coming from somewhere in my unlit apartment, just up the hall.

I investigated, and arrived there to find DVDs strewn all over the kitchen table. All the Amityville films – everything from the original theatrical release to The Amityville Asylum, and all of the horrid releases in between.

Placed next to them was a shotgun.

Then I heard it again. It was a voice. It spoke to me without volume, perhaps inside of my head.
“Kill them,” it said. “Kill them all.” READ MORE

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UK Readers! Catch A Very Special Screening Of 'V/H/S'!

Magnolia released V/H/S (write your reviews) on DVD and Blu-ray last month in the US (along with iTunes and VOD etc…). But, since it was scheduled to come out later across the pond anyway, Momentum Films is releasing it in UK theaters on January 18th with the DVD/Blu-ray release hitting on January 28th. BUT – you can catch it two days early on January 16th and snag yourself a copy of a super limited edition VHS tape version of the movie!

Per the Total Film VHS Hub (whose link you should click to get in on this), “Come join us on Wednesday 16th January at 6.30 at the one night only that ‘Cellar Rentals’ will exist at the Blackhall Studios in London for a pre-drink followed by an exclusive screening of the film at 7pm complete with popcorn… Should you survive this portion you’ll then be able to join us in our loving tribute to the days of VHS as we’re building an old-skool rental store for one night only… Look through the covers, enjoy complimentary drinks and other fun items in this rare chance to go back to the heady days of choosing tapes… The best bit of all – you’ll get to leave with a rental big box VHS tape of ‘V/H/S’! Only 300 exist and they’re numbered and this will be the ONLY SURE WAY to get hold of one of these rare collectors items.

V/H/S comes from filmmakers Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Pop Skull), Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds, Red Sands), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Roost, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), and Radio Silence.

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'V/H/S' Actually ON VHS In The UK!! US Version Forthcoming!!

Magnolia released V/H/S (write your reviews) on DVD and Blu-ray this week (along with iTunes and VOD etc…). But there’s another, older – and titular – format on which the film can be seen. Actual VHS tape! Total Film has the rundown on the UK release (via Momentum films) of the film on its “intended” format.

The logistics of such an exercise were far from easy, and by all accounts Momentum Pictures had to undertake considerable research to get big-box-sized tapes made up which include many nods to the glory days of rental stores. Getting hold of these tapes won’t be easy though. Only 300 numbered copies have been manufactured and Momentum are promising a unique V/H/S event in January at which lucky fans will be able to get hold of them. Further details will emerge on the Total Film VHS Hub.

V/H/S comes from filmmakers Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Pop Skull), Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds, Red Sands), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Roost, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), and Radio Silence.

Head inside for a better look at the big box packaging! And keep your eyes peeled for a US Version from Magnolia soon! READ MORE

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Interview

At The Gates Guitarist Anders Björler Discusses The Haunted, Solo Project, And More

In an interview with MetalSucks, At The Gates and ex-The Haunted guitarist Anders Björler discussed the split between The Haunted and Peter Dolving as well as his own departure from the band as well as an upcoming solo project that, from his description, sounds pretty incredible.

In regards to the harsh words from Peter Dolving, Björler says, “I was pretty sad he had to blame me and Jonas for everything. There’s no need going into details or to throw shit at Peter. I am just not that kind of person. I just hope people are smart enough to make up their own minds and think for themselves. There’s not just one side to this story. There are five.

Talking about his upcoming solo album: “I am completing my first solo album which will be released soon. I finally decided to do something that I wanted to do for years. It’s 100% instrumental, and kind of resembles film soundtrack music in the structure. The album will reflect my love for Italian soundtrack music like Goblin, Bruno Nicolai, Fabio Frizzi, Walter Rizzati, etc., mixed with influences from progressive UK bands (King Crimson, Camel, UK, Alan Holdsworth), Post Rock (Explosions In The Sky, MONO), ambient (Harold Budd, Brian Eno) and Jazz/Swedish Folk Music (Jan Johansson, Esbjorn Svenssons Trio, Lars Gullin, etc.). That’s maybe a lot of different influences you might say, but I hope this will help explain the style somehow.

That description makes me super excited to hear his album. King Crimson with Goblin and sprinkle in a dash of Explosions In The Sky? Yeah, I’m all for it. Make sure to click the link above to read the entire interview. READ MORE

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[WTF] 'Black Kiss II' Banned In Britain Permanently

Alright so Image’s Black Kiss II is a really sexual book. There are disturbing images, questionable content matter, and full on, doggy-style screwing. Initially, the book was held by UK Customs due to the adult content of the book. “Black Kiss II” #1 sold out in the first week. Bleeding Cool reports that, unfortunately, UK fans won’t be getting any more of the dirty mag any time soon… or will they? READ MORE

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Singaporean Military Chiller 'Curse' Dated For UK DVD, Trailer & First Stills!

Grayson Pictures is to give a UK DVD release to the rarely seen Singaporean military chiller Curse on September 10, 2012.

Set in on the Island of Pulau Hantu in the south of Singapore, ‘Curse’ tells the terrifying tale of a military squad sent to an island to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a group of soldiers. Accidentally disturbing a burial site, they unleash a terrifying supernatural curse…

Curse is directed by Esan Sivalinhgam who said of the shoot: “We expected it to be one hell of an adventure but it turned out to be the adventure from hell.” Facing torrential downpours, extreme temperatures, venomous reptiles plus censorship issues and stumbling across a real burial site, it was a miracle the film was completed in its fifteen-day schedule.

Curse will be the first release by newly-created Grayson Pictures and more details of release, including artwork, more stills and special extras will be announced soon.

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Metrodome Gets 'The Reverend' For The UK And Ireland

 Metrodome Gets The Reverend For The UK And Ireland

The Reverend, based on the graphic novel of the same name, will have a limited UK and Ireland release on August 3rd courtesy of Metrodome Distribution.

Per Variety, “Brit indie distrib Metrodome Distribution has acquired U.K. and Ireland rights for horror pic ‘The Reverend.’ [It] will have a limited theatrical run in Blighty from Aug. 3.

Directed by writer Neil Jones, Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Hobo With a Shotgun) will star alongside Stuart Brennan (Risen), Tamer Hassan (Clash of the Titans), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser, Jack Falls), Emily Booth (Doghouse, Evil Aliens) and Giovanni Lombardo Radice (Cannibal Ferox, The Omen).

Fresh from seminary school a new Reverend embarks on his first parish. A small, low maintenance Chapel based in the quiet idyllic setting of a quiet country village. While on the surface the village seems to be a peaceful parish, with perfect residents, soon it becomes apparent that something more sinister lurks beneath the façade of a local businessman. On a wet, cold night a mysterious girl visits The Reverend at the chapel. Cold and upset she is welcomed in warmly, soon it becomes apparent that her visit is not for sanctuary but to deliver a message, a message in the form of a deep, bloody bite… Awoken with an unknown, uncontrollable thirst a confused Reverend can find no evidence of the girl from the night before, with nothing but the thirst and memory of the bite, The Reverend embarks on his mandate, to clean up the village and the neighbouring estate, by preaching or feasting.

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Amazing! UK Blu-ray Of 'The Return Of The Living Dead' To Feature Original Sound!

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The new Second Sight UK Blu-Ray of Return Of The Living Dead is fixing some fairly glaring issues the the previous US masters that had many fans, and Dan O’Bannon himself, upset. Did you know that Tar-Man’s voice had been re-dubbed? Same thing with the “send more cops” zombie. And some of those great 80′s punk metal songs are either lowered in the mix or have their length truncated. In addition, the Blu will also include the recent (and really good) documentary More Brains: A Return To The Living Dead.

Per Second Sight, “The dead have risen and they need more ‘BRAINS’! Dan O’Bannon’s cult splatterfest The Return Of The Living Dead is one of the definitive zombie movies and one of the classic horror films of the 80s.

Now this horror favourite is being released on 4 June 2012 courtesy of Second Sight as a special edition double DVD and makes its UK Blu-ray debut in a limited edition Steelbook, both with five hours of special features and also the much anticipated inclusion of the original soundtrack as well as the remixed version.

It’s available here from Amazon. Head inside for full specs and artwork. Be aware that it is Region B locked. So if you don’t like in the UK make sure you have a multi-region player. READ MORE

[WTF] Teenager Attacked For Being A Heavy Metal Fan

 [WTF] Teenager Attacked For Being A Heavy Metal Fan
Ben Moores, a 16-year old, was the victim of a brutal, disgusting, senseless attack. Fifteen youths set upon him, knocking him to the ground, kicking and beating him. His wrists and head were stomped on. Patches of his hair were yanked out. Blood poured from his ears. All this violence for a very simple reason: Ben is a heavy metal fan. 
According to the Manchester Evening News, Ben was attacked behind a local supermarket, one which was only two miles away from the site where Sophie Lancaster was brutally attacked for “looking goth” in 2007. Lancaster later died from her injuries.
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Brilliant 'Kill List' Gets Christmas Release in UK

Arriving on UK DVD and Blu-ray December 26 is Ben Wheatley’s incredible Kill List (review), which IFC Films will probably just dump onto DVD here in the States.

Eight months after a disastrous job in Kiev left him physically and mentally scarred, ex-soldier turned contract killer, Jay (NEIL MASKELL: RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER), is pressured by his partner, Gal (MICHAEL SMILEY: DOWN TERRACE), and wife Shel (MYANNA BURING: THE DESCENT), into taking a new assignment. As they descend into the dark and disturbing world of the contract, Jay beings to unravel once again – his fear and paranoia sending him deep into the heart of darkness.

Extras include: Commentary with Director Ben Wheatley and Writer Amy Jump, Commentary with Actors Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring and Michael Smiley, Audio Description, Making Of Kill List, Interview with Ben Wheatley, Interview with Neil Maskell and MyAnna Buring, Interview with Claire Jones and Andrew Starke, Trailer. READ MORE

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AFM '11: First 'May I Kill U?' Stills

 AFM 11: First May I Kill U? Stills

UK production company Cyclops Vision is now in post on dead-black comedy May I Kill U?, written and directed by the award-winning Stuart Urban, director of Revelation. Check out the first ever stills!

Set against the backdrop of the recent riots in London, Kevin Bishop plays a policeman with his own ‘riotous’ thoughts. With a helmet cam for company, he pedals forth in search of fame and retribution – with hilarious and devastating consequences.” Also starring are Frances Barber, Jack Doolan and Hayley-Marie Axe.

It will be produced by Stuart Urban & Alan Jay and co-produced by Rosa Russo. Director of photography is Fernando Ruiz.

Stuart Urban said today: “In the film we explore the interaction of society and a vigilante style killer whose choices play well to the social media gallery, particularly one hungry for payback because of street crime in the UK.READ MORE

Rupert Evans & Kate Magowan Go Cannibal in 'Elfie Hopkins'

Rupert Evans (Hellboy) and Kate Magowan (Primeval), are to star alongside Jaime and Ray Winstone, in Elfie Hopkins – a twisted tale of cannibalism set in a British rural hunting village, which begins principle photography on March 8 in locations in West Wales. Evans and Magowan play Mr. & Mrs. Gammon – the heads of a rather carnivorous family who move into a village and cause mayhem.

They join a stellar cast which includes Aneurin Barnard (Spring Awakening, Ironclad), Steven Mackintosh (Camelot, Luther) & Kimberley Nixon (Cherrybomb).

The film is directed by Ryan Andrews, who also wrote the screenplay and acts as co-producer. Billy Murray and Ray Winstone exec produce.
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